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Bridging the digital divide

16 Aug 2020

Oman Broadband Company and the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority have signed an agreement to deliver fixed telecommunications and internet services to 598 villages and 141 schools by this year end. 

The agreement was formalised after TRA had announced an initiative to bridge the digital divide between urban and rural areas in April. The authority had stated that it had got RO15mn sanctioned by the Ministry of Finance for the project which is of national importance. 

TRA and Oman Broadband Company announced the signing of the agreement on Sunday. “We have signed an agreement to cover 598 villages with telecommunications and internet services via satellite in the various governorates of the sultanate,” stated TRA. 

The authority had earlier said that it has studied all the observations it had received from the governors and members of Majlis Ash’shura and citizens with regard to the initial list of rural villages to be covered under the project. 

‘TRA extends its sincere gratitude to the government of His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik, and the Ministry of Finance for its approval to finance the costs of the TRA’s plan to cover villages and rural communities where communication and internet services are lacking,’ TRA had stated in April.

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